Camp Bestival and Bestival which both take place at Lulworth Castle, Dorset, on following weekends at the end of July and beginning of August, have announced that all onsite bars will now stock cans of water in place of plastic water bottles.
CanO water comes in fully-recyclable 330ml aluminium cans in both still & sparkling versions, and will retail at the same price as the festivals charged for bottled water last year.
Josie and Rob da Bank's decision to replace single-use plastic water bottles with a canned alternative comes in the wake of The Final Straw campaign banning plastic straws from their festival portfolio, and the Association of Independent Festivals (AIF) Drastic on Plastic initiative, which has seen over 60 festivals pledge to eradicate single use plastics from their events by 2021. So far they've been drastic on plastic by telling their traders that they can't use plastic straws or sell plastic glitter.
Bestival and Camp Bestival curator Rob da Bank said: "We're very serious about reducing the plastic waste at our festivals, which we know is a problem that needs solving. We've already launched The Final Straw and joined the Drastic on Plastic campaign, so getting rid of plastic water bottles and using CanO Water's 100% recyclable cans on our bars is a big step ahead in our mission. We'd love for all the traders on site to be plastic free right now but we're also realistic that can't happen overnight. Our goal is 2021 but we're going to do as much as we can before that date and bringing in CanO Water is an important step that we're pleased we can make this year."
CanO Water co-founder Ariel Booker commented: "We're excited to work with Bestival this summer to significantly reduce plastic waste and help the festival take steps to become even more eco-friendly. Replacing plastic bottles with our infinitely recyclable cans is a big win for the environment, but a bold move from Bestival which other festivals should take notice of."
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